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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 285
12. "Don't take my son, my only son;
From him I cannot part. 0 please don't take him to prison;
It would break my poor old heart!"
13. The jury gave a verdict,
And to their feet they sprung: "For the crime these boys committed They surely must be hung/'
"Pearl Bryan." Contributed by Mrs. Dora McAtee, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Obtained from Mrs. Jesse N. Engler, of Pike County. March 11, 1935.
1. Now, ladies, if you'll listen, a story I'll relate
What happened near Fort Thomas in the old Kentucky state.
'T was late in January this awful deed was done
By Jackson and by Walling; how cold their blood did run!
2. How bold these cruel villains to do this awful deed, To ride away Pearl Bryan when she to them did plead! The driver tells the story of how Pearl Bryan did moan From Cincinnati to the place where the cruel deed was done.
3. But little did Pearl's parents think when she left her happy
home That their own dear darling daughter would ne'er return
again. We know her dear old parents their fortune they would give If Pearl could just return home a happy life to live,
4. The driver was the only one could tell her awful fate,
Of poor Pearl far away from home in the old Kentucky state; A farmer passing by next day her lifeless form he found, A-Iying ....___. where her blood had stained the ground.
5. Pearl Bryan left her parents on a dark and gloomy day; She went to meet the villain in a spot not far away.
She thought it was the lover's hand that she could trust
each day; Alas, it was a lover's hand thai took her life away!